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Hinyokika Kiyo. 2013 Jul;59(7):419-22.

[Successful control of hyper-cortisolemia due to ACTH-producing thyroid carcinoid by laparoscopic bilateral adrenalectomy : a case report].

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  • 1The Department of Urology, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.


A 22-year-old man was referred to our hospital because of facial edema and increasing body weight. Under the diagnosis of Cushing syndrome due to an adrenocorticotropic (ACTH)-producing thyroid tumor, thyroidectomy with regional lymph node dissection was performed. Histopathological diagnosis was thyroid carcinoid. In spite of the operation, serum ACTH and cortisol concentrations increased again due to mediastinal lymph node metastasis. His hyper-cortisolemia was resistant to drug therapy. Then, laparoscopic bilateral adrenalectomy was performed. After the operation, hyper-cortisolemia and clinical symptoms markedly improved. An additional chemotherapy is implemented because of new metastasis in the mediastinum lymph nodes.

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